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Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Concentration in Medical Anthropology

Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Concentration in Medical Anthropology

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
Since its inception in the 1960s, the graduate program has been nationally recognized as a leader in applied anthropology. We define applied anthropology as research with practical application and impact, but anchored in a rigorous foundation in anthropological theory and method, whether from cultural, bio-cultural, medical, or archaeological perspectives. With grounding in core anthropological theory and method, we train our students to be skilled researchers who can traverse both academic and non-academic settings, bringing to their research a sound intellectual base, and skills for application and practice. The concentration in medical anthropology at the University of Kentucky provides formalized theoretical and methodological training for graduate students interested in critical, cultural and bio cultural approaches to the study of health, medicine, and the body. Faculty and students focusing on medical anthropology share broad interests in cultural, historical and political-economic conditions of illness and well-being, as well as the production and distribution of biomedical knowledge. Participants in the program share a fundamental concern with the study of social forces in health inequalities, and everyday experiences of individuals and communities encountering or contesting them. Departmental faculty expertise includes critical studies of health; science and technology studies; the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality with health; global health; and epidemiology and public health among contemporary and prehistoric populations. Core faculty research interests include women's health and community based activism; infectious disease; emerging disease and technologies; chronic diseases; nutrition; child health; paleopathology; environmental influences on health; and global health standards and policies. Students enrolled in the medical anthropology concentration will work with core faculty to develop specialized training. They will also complete requirements defined by the broader graduate curriculum, and are encouraged to pursue topics that intersect other areas of departmental expertise. Medical anthropology students may elect to participate in Graduate Certificate Programs in other units on campus, including the Department of Behavioral Science (College of Medicine), Gender and Women's Studies Department, Appalachian Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Program in Social Theory (College of Arts and Sciences).